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Breaking our lease

Posted by Anonymous on November 09, 1996 at 22:46:45:

We've just recently moved to a new apartment. We signed a one year lease and a handyman agreement, where we have
the option to work 8 hours per month for and $80.00 discount on our rent. The problem is that the apartment needs
way much more work than we realized. There are safety hazards and plenty of items not up to current codes. The boiler
emits an intense unbearable oil smell. From what we understand this is due to low efficiency and possible carbon monoxide.
The upstairs tenants told us the town has shut down the boiler several times in the middle of winter.
We've found live wires in ceiling lights while changing light bulbs. We're scared and we want out.

We live in NJ(Bergen Cty)and were wondering if anyone knows what we would be liable for if we break our lease. If it is simply
our security deposit we are willing to lose it to move to a safer place. Can the landlord (slumlord) sue us for unpaid rent for the
term of the lease. I can't imagine anyone else being as foolish as we were and take this apartment(very low rent in a nice neighborhood.)

Any advice would be greatly appreciated (and hopefully soon.)

(does anyone actually man this board, there are so many unanswered questions.

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